I was on a bus today and a lady claiming to be from SBS transit wanted to scan my tap-in card, however I had used my credit card to tap in, and with the increasing number of scams nowadays.
I refused to let her scan my card as my life savings are in that bank account.
She showed me her tag and her body cam and demanded I let her scan it even if it’s my credit card, but I firmly refused and told her I’ll tap out and that should be enough to prove I had tapped in to get on the bus, to which she demanded for my IC, but I also refused and just got off the bus.
Is SBS allowed to scan people’s credit cards? Even if I trust their staff, how can I trust that their scanning system will not be compromised by a third party? Isn’t there a safer way to check, and besides the security camera of the bus would have caught me tapping in right?
I think it was such an unnecessary tussle and totally ruined my ride experience as a commuter.
Here are what netizens think:
- Like the good old days when u board the bus, pay for the fare and be issued will a bus fare tix. The tix is prove of the fare and unpaid/under paid if any. So scanning your ezlink pass is a way to check if you have tapped in when u boarded. How to check thru cctv to look one by one from the start of the drive? If u are that worried then should just get a separate ezlink pass for transport only.
- I feel you did right. Scammers can impersonate. Even if the person is bona fide, you have a right to refuse because we do not know how their software is written. Besides you offer an alternative. So don’t lose sleep over it. You did right.
- This is weird, credit card don’t have access to your life savings. If it has, then you’re using a debit card.
- Pay for your rides in coins next time… use the ticket to fold into a .. when she approaches you again next time, make her day by giving her your heart… wouldn’t cost you your life savings from your credit card.